Melbourne VIC, Australia, 26 November 2018 |

The ninth annual Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis awards celebrated an incredible 2018 for the sport in Australia.

Ashleigh Barty and Alex de Minaur were announced as recipients of the Newcombe Medal, the first time the highest honour in Australian tennis has been jointly awarded.

A highlight of the evening’s celebrations at Melbourne’s Palladium Ballroom was the presentation of the Spirit of Tennis Award to Casey Dellacqua.

After announcing her retirement earlier this year, Dellacqua was honoured with the award for her outstanding achievements both on and off the court.

Destanee Aiava (Vic) collected Female Junior Athlete of the Year for the second year running while Rinky Hijikata (NSW) was named Male Junior Athlete of the Year.

It was back-to-back wins also for Archie Graham (Qld) who was awarded the Most Outstanding Athlete with a Disability.

Australian Tennis Awards 2018

Coaching Excellence Club
Adon Kronk, Mooloolaba Tennis Club, Qld

Most Outstanding School
Casuarina Street Primary School, Katherine East, NT

Coaching Excellence Development
Stephen Thompson, NSW

Excellence in Officiating
Simon Cannavan, Qld

Most Outstanding Athlete with a Disability
Archie Graham, Qld

Volunteer Achievement Award
John Pick, SA

Junior Athlete of the Year – Male & Female
Destanee Aiava, Vic
Rinky Hijikata, NSW

Most Outstanding Professional Tournament
2017 Apis Canberra International, Canberra, ACT

Most Outstanding Australian Ranking Tournament
AGL Loy Yang Traralgon International, Vic

Most Outstanding 35+ Tennis Senior
Peter Froelich, Qld

Most Outstanding Tennis Club
Henley South Tennis Club, SA

Coaching Excellence –Performance
Darren Cahill, SA

Spirit of Tennis
Casey Dellacqua, WA

Newcombe Medal
Ashleigh Barty, Qld
Alex de Minaur, NSW